Boekhandel van Rossum is an institution in the Beethovenstraat. Ever since the 1920s, the inhabitants of Amsterdam’s Oud-Zuid neighbourhood come here to buy their books. But the store is worth the trip if you live in another part of town as well.
This cosy store, where you can lose yourself for an hour without even noticing, has an interesting collection of books on the widest range of subjects. The emphasis is on Dutch and English literature, history, politics and current affairs and children’s books. You’ll find the latest works by Nelleke Noordervliet of Ian McEwam here, but also books on remarkable designers, philosophers or cyclists.
The staff is friendly and professional and has only one goal: to have the customer walk out with the book they were looking for (whether they knew in advance or not). If a book is not in supply, they will do whatever it takes to get it as quickly and as inexpensively as possible. Furthermore, the secret children’s room or garden are great places for a quiet read.
Activities are hosted on a regular basis, like lectures, presentations and children’s events. For instance, this Spring saw the start of a series of lectures on young foreign writers, BOLD — Books Of Literary Dare-devils, with a visit by Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz. Our newsletter and website keep people up to speed on our activities.
New books are ordered weekly from the United States and Great Britain, and they are usually in that same week.